First, I sketch the animal, working from photographs.
Second step is to paint the animal…I use watercolor, ink and acrylic, adding as many intricate details as I can.
Third, I work on painting the background- sometimes working on several backgrounds at once, so I have multiples to choose from.
Fourth, I cut the animals out and place them into the painted background, incorporating collage and design elements.
Finally I frame the finished portrait.